Wanting to create that perfect look for your Guild Wars 2 character? It might be harder than you think.
Guild Wars Insider’s forum miners have uncovered a few posts from ArenaNet‘s Crystin Cox, who explains that dye unlocks will be character-based and not account-based. ArenaNet’s reasoning makes a certain amount of sense:
Customized dye should be something that denotes your characters progress, like better looking, more elaborate gear. As you spend more time on your character, they grow and gain access to more customization options. If we make dyes account based, this progression will only happen on one character. We wanted character customization to remain tied to the character but we felt that one-time-use dyes discouraged players from customizing as often as they would like, that is how we arrived at the current system.
…all of which might be acceptable, except for the random nature of dye unlocks in the game. If you don’t want your burly Norn Warrior to wear pink chainmail, ArenaNet does plan to make it possible to unlock shades of dye non-randomly, using the Mystic Forge — and, of course, there’s always the Gem Shop.
This does, however, represent a reversal from the original dye blog post, written by Kristen Perry back in September 2010:
Once you unlock the color, it will be available across your entire account, not just the individual character.
With 400 or so dyes in the game, it’s pretty likely that no one will be able to unlock all dyes on all characters, which will have the benefit of making characters appear more unique, even if they’re not sporting the exact shades that everyone would like for them.
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